Culture

RATP gives pride of place to Thomas Pesquet’s space epic at Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station

The documentary feature film 16 levers de soleil (16 sunrises), retracing Thomas Pesquet’s space mission, will be in cinemas on 3 October, and RATP has decided to mark its release by decorating the main hall of Montparnasse-Bienvenüe metro station with a giant fresco. An opportunity from 26 September to 5 November for passengers to rediscover the French astronaut’s human and scientific epic, related in the film by Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff (La Vingt-cinquième Heure Production).

Space walks, selfies in space, photos of the Earth... Using 15 key images from the documentary, the fresco goes back over the daily life of Thomas Pesquet during his six-month mission to the International Space Station. Travellers on the metro can thus put themselves in the space traveller’s shoes, from his personal quest to his view of our planet. An immersive aesthetic experience enhanced by the photos’ size and the connection hall’s length between lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 at Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station, stretching over more than 130 metres.

By giving pride of place to this unique documentary, produced in partnership with NASA and the European Space Agency, RATP aims to highlight, at the heart of its network, major events in which science, in particular, finds its rightful place. Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station, used daily by around 100,000 passengers, has already featured two frescos in 2014 and 2016, illustrating the work of the CNRS: “The World in equations” and “Living things as a model”.

Cultural creation at the heart of the RATP network

Transport facilities in Paris, used daily by 12 million people, provide a unique setting to facilitate the meeting between culture and the general public. Beyond its transport role, RATP wants to enrich its passengers’ transport experience still further by offering moments of surprise, discovery and exchange, whether through poetry, photography or any other art form.

Fresco - Montparnasse-Bienvenüe - Denis Sutton - RATP
Fresco - Montparnasse-Bienvenüe - Denis Sutton - RATP
Fresco - Montparnasse-Bienvenüe - Denis Sutton - RATP